Since the start of his career in 1991, Dave Tarrida has been involved
in a number of projects. His legendary club Scotland club, Sativa,
gave artists such as Cristian Vogel, Claude Young, and DJ Hell their
first British debuts and his Sativae label was responsible for incredible
Techno material from Tobias Schmidt, Cristian Vogel, Subhead and
others. His skills as a DJ have taken him all over the world and
he has recorded a number of tunes for labels like Tresor, Mosquito,
Predicaments, and Extras. After a move from Scotland to Barcelona,
Tarrida has completed his intense debut long-player ĎParanoidí for
Tresor. His ten-year history as a DJ seems to have given him the
insight into the raw sound that he wanted when producing his own
Could you tell me a little about your new 'Paranoid' album and
tried to accomplish? Between the titles and some of the sounds
you use on
the record, there seem to be some
darker overtones. Paranoid is my first LP, and I was trying
to put down 12 tracks that work together as a project, with varying
styles, rather than just all 4 to the floor dancefloor tracks. I
donít think Iíve ever been a producer of nice
happy tracks, so the sounds and track titles really just carry
on from my older material. Hopefully it all works together.
After DJing for so long, what inspired you to move over into
Do you feel it was a natural progression? I suppose
it was a natural progression, I had been djíing and running Sativae
Recordings, and was surrounded by my friends who were also producing,
so it seemed natural to do this. It was something I had been dabbling
in for a long time, and had been collecting studio equipment slowly
for years. I think most people who are really into the music, do
this, given the opportunity.
What do you shoot for when you begin constructing a new track,
any system that works well for you? I donít really work to
any system. Each track is different, and usually Iíll build the
track around a hook or some drums. Whatever really.
Are there any new releases in the works for the Sativae label?
On Sativae we are releasing a compilation album, this is of
new tracks from the usual suspects, Landstrumm, Schmidt, Hacker,
etcÖ After that another album is in the pipeline from one of our
artists. On Drought there is a 12" from Q-ik and Stevenson,
and then a 12" from myself. Also Penalty 5 just came out.
What brought about your move from Scotland to Barcelona? I
was born here in Barcelona, and felt it was the best place for me
to go to from Scotland. There came a time when I felt like leaving,
and trying something different. The lifestyle and weather, are better
suited, and so far Iím loving it here. The summer has just started.
How has your DJ and performance experience been in the U.S.?
Itís been pretty varied; the last party I played was at Limelight
in NYC, in December, which was great. Opposed to that, Iíve been
at some raves where the massive crowd hasnít danced?? Iíve been
lucky enough to have played on both coasts and mid west, some really
good parties, some not so. But, from what I can see and from what
Iím told, the scene in the US is getting better and stronger all
the time, the idea of techno at clubs rather that at Rave events,
I think seems to be catching on.
What is your opinion on the status of the UK club scene? Not
so good just now, from having loads of good techno clubs, maybe
4 years ago to a handful now, is not a good thing. I think that
the creation of the super club and the UK media obsessed by these
places and the scene that follows them hasnít helped. There are
still a lot of producers and labels
though, but a lot of the UK DJís seem to work abroad these days
more. But, all is cyclical, and things always change.
How do you feel about Napster and file trading? Has it had any
effect on you as a producer? I see the Napster thing the same
as what we had before, but with cassettes. Before we had people
taping records, and now we have people downloading files, I donít
see much difference, apart from the technology has improved. I doesnít
affect me too much, Iím not Metallica.
Where do you see in the future for Techno and club music? Hard
question, Techno will mutate and survive, as always, there are so
many people into it and supporting it that, itíll be about for a
Are there any future remix or production projects we should
look out for? Remix wise, I have done a mix of Marco Cannata
on Utils, and a Mix of Ibrahim Alfa on Automatic out soon. Also
a 12" on Drought to follow, and a 12" for Neue Heimat
in Stuttgart in the pipeline. Also some compilation tracks too,
ones for Sativae, 360 degree booking comp, and one for a Spanish
Any last comments? Hopefully, Iíll be out to the US as
soon as possible, I always have a great time over there, and the
sooner the betterÖ Bye.
Dave Tarrida and Tresor info: www.tresorberlin.de